Archive for category: Parenting



Each parent has a vital role in his or her child’s life. Parental involvement affects the children’s well-being and the choices they make throughout life. However, many people don’t realize the unique influence fathers have. In fact, fathers not only have an impact throughout their children’s lives, but also on the choices their partner makes during pregnancy and after.

Studies show that when fathers are positively engaged, it is better for children, families, society, and the fathers themselves (Levtov et al., 2015).

Father involvement is good for children. When fathers are involved, children:

  • have higher school performance levels and greater problem solving abilities
  • are less impulsive
  • have higher self-acceptance and are able to regulate emotions better
  • have more positive relationships, are less aggressive, and have more tolerance and empathy for others



Dad Central Saskatchewan

Dad Central Saskatchewan

Dad Central Saskatchewan Provincial Network provides an opportunity for professionals interested and/or working in the area of father involvement to network and share information about current services in Saskatchewan. The network also provides the opportunity for individuals and agencies to collaborate and share current research and resources. Individuals can assist by informing the network about activities related to father involvement in their region and participate in the network on a regular basis to ensure representation from across the province.

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Dad Central Saskatchewan is a branch of Dad Central Canada. The objectives of Dad Central Canada are to:

  • Identify and establish best practices across Canada and around the world that connect and enhance fatherhood services
  • Support provincial and local efforts focused on engaging fathers by being a portal for information, education, and research for fatherhood initiatives
  • Be an advocate on national issues that affect fatherhood

Each provincial network and/or initiative is independently funded through various levels of government and private corporations or foundations. Each of these networks and initiatives contribute resources to the national network based on resources that are available to them.

The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute hosts Dad Central Saskatchewan Provincial Network and provides opportunities for communication through a Google group, professional development opportunities, and information brochures.

Dad Central Canada Sign Up

If you are interested in participating in the network, please contact the Program Coordinator at [email protected] or fill out the form below.

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Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)

Community Action Program for Children

A federal initiative, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada since 1994, CAPC is designed to help local community groups address the priority health and developmental needs of children (aged 0-6 years) and their families who are living in conditions of risk.

The CAPC project at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute supports the educational, resource, and networking needs of the other CAPC projects in Saskatchewan.

Activities include:

  • Coordinating education and training events for CAPC project staff
  • Developing resource materials in the Public Health Agency of Canada’s priority areas
  • Coordinating provincial networking meetings for CAPC staff and sponsors
  • Sharing resources and information

The support received through this project has also enabled the Prevention Institute staff to work collaboratively with other community and government partners, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, in addressing children’s issues at the provincial level. Provincial initiatives by the Prevention Institute that have been supported by CAPC have included conferences on FASD, shaken baby syndrome, positive parenting strategies, early childhood mental health, and reports on child health and child injury in Saskatchewan.

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Attachment is a biologically based (innate) connection children develop towards their parent or caregiver on whom they rely to help them feel safe, cared for, and protected.

Attachment is important. Early attachment experiences have an impact on a child’s later social, emotional, behavior, and cognitive development by influencing: brain development, development of self-regulation, how the child responds to experiences, development of resiliency skills, and expectations and behaviour in relationships throughout life.

What is attachment?

Attachment is a biologically based (innate) connection children develop towards their parent or caregiver on whom they rely to help them feel safe, cared for, and protected.

When does attachment develop?

The process of attachment begins at birth. Some people believe it starts before birth. By six months, children who become distressed have begun to form expectations of how their parents will respond. By the end of their first year, children have a clear attachment to one or more of the people who provide regular care. Children can form attachments later in life.

Who do children become attached to?

Children become attached to people who take care of them regularly. This can extend towards people outside of the immediate family, such as daycare providers.

Why is attachment important?

Early attachment experiences have an impact on a child’s later social, emotional, and cognitive development by influencing:

  • brain development
  • development of self-regulation
  • how the child responds to experiences
  • development of resiliency skills
  • expectations and behaviour in relationships throughout life

How do children try to get their attachment needs met?

Beginning in the first year of life, children naturally show they need care and protection through attachment behaviours, including crying, clinging, following, trying to be physically close, focusing their attention on the caregiver, cooing, and smiling.

What are children’s attachment needs?

Parents need to be physically and emotionally available to help their children feel safe, cared for, and protected. Parents also need help regulating their own feelings, physical states, and behaviours.

What is Secure Attachment?

Secure attachment is the ideal form of attachment. Secure attachment can happen when a child is able to rely on his caregiver(s) for comfort and protection.

Caregivers of children with secure attachment:

  • respond warmly, sensitively, and consistently to the child’s needs

A securely attached child:

  • trusts that her caregiver(s) will be there for her when needed
  • feels confident to explore and play
  • seeks comfort from her caregiver(s) if distressed
  • is easily comforted by her caregiver(s)

Why is secure attachment optimal?

Secure attachment is a protective factor that contributes to resilience and psychological health through neural development, emotion regulation, and feelings of competence and self-efficacy. Secure attachment is related to fewer behaviour problems, higher social competence and competence in general (e.g., problem-solving), as well as more empathy and better boundaries. Early secure attachment provides children with the ability to deal well with, or recover from, difficult experiences later in life.

What happens when a child does not develop a secure attachment?

A child cannot develop a secure attachment if he cannot rely on the parent to meet his attachment needs.

An insecurely attached child:

  • is anxious about whether her parents will be available to provide care and protection when needed
  • learns ways of behaving that keep his caregiver(s) close and available in case of real danger, but may not serve him well in other relationships

What are the risk factors for a child who is insecurely attached?

Children with an insecure attachment are at risk of developing behaviour problems and potentially, mental health problems. They are more likely to have problems such as:

  • poor social skills
  • low self-esteem
  • anxiety
  • impulsive behaviour
  • angry and aggressive behaviour
  • withdrawing when upset
  • giving up easily


Guides and Manuals

Information Card

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute